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Public Safety Impacts of Proposed Pi‘ilani Promenade and Maui Outlets in Kihei

The following letter was sent to Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa and other public officials.

June 14, 2012
Victoria A. Huffman, P.E. · La Mesa, California , The Maui Weekly

Dear Mayor Arakawa,

Public health and safety will be compromised by the proposed Pi'ilani Promenade and Maui Outlets retail development planned mauka of Pi'ilani Highway at Ka'ono'ulu Street. I am a California registered traffic engineer with over 20 years experience in municipal government. As a public servant, protecting public safety has been my greatest responsibility.

The 25,000 new driveway trips a day that would be generated by the proposed two new shopping centers is more than five times greater than that of the industrial park originally envisioned and entitled for the site. The new shopping centers will not only cause congestion at the intersection of South Kihei and Ka'ono'ulu Street, but also on Pi'ilani Highway.

The project's sole signalized access point at Pi'ilani Highway and Ka'ono'ulu Street will suffer serious congestion and long queues. There will be a dramatic increase in the potential for rear-end collisions at this location due to left turning vehicles spilling out of the southbound Pi'ilani Highway left-turn pocket.

In addition, right-angle collisions at the many "stop-sign" controlled intersections along Pi'ilani Highway may dramatically increase because there will be fewer gaps in traffic along the highway for left-turning vehicles from the side streets.

Especially important are the emergency vehicle (fire, ambulance and police) response times that will dramatically increase due to traffic congestion caused by this project. There will be significant delays in access times to North Kihei for life-saving services located in central or south Kihei, such as the fire station on Waimahaihai Street and the new police station on Pi'ilani Highway.

Additionally, ambulances needing to transport those with life-threatening emergencies to Maui Memorial Medical Center could be stuck in gridlock on Pi'ilani Highway.

Please consider the health and safety of your citizens before allowing this project to move forward.



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